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USD - Special Education Dept.

A student may qualify for special education services after an assessment has been conducted in accordance with Federal Guidelines, has been found to have a disability, who because of those impairments needs special education and related services meets the criterion under one of the 13 categories for special education eligibility:
  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

Based on a student’s needs, a student may receive one or more of the following services:
  • Designated Instructional Services
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Health Services
  • Behavioral Intervention

A full array of placement options exists to provide a continuum of services, based on the student’s identified needs:
  • Resource Specialist RS
  • Special Day Class SDC
  • County Office of Education COE
  • SELPA classes
  • Non Public-Schools/Agencies
  • Home Hospital Instruction

All: Appropriate Links to Learning
Each school in Union School District implements the ALL process to assist students and their familes, along with the school team to address needs of all students.  Each school's ALL Team is comprised of school administration, the student’s teacher,  parents, the student (if appropriate) and other staff with knowledge of the student. The ALL team may assist in issues related to classwork, homework, attendance, school adjustment or other matters.  The school may contact you to schedule a meeting with the ALL team. Parents may also contact the school to request an ALL Team meeting to discuss any concerns they may have in regards to their child's progress.
Please click the link below to review further information in the ALL process parent pamphlet:

Health Services

District nurses and school Health Clerks assist with the record keeping of state and federal mandated health and immunization records including but not limited to Tuberculosis screening, immunizations, school entry health assessments, scoliosis screening, vision and hearing screening, dental screenings. In addition, staff may administer medication to students on an daily basis as prescribed through a physician.

The district contracts with community based organizations to provide counseling to students with school adjustment issues.

Home Hospital Instruction

Students may at times require hospitalization for health reasons. Should hospitalization occur and be required for a period of time, please notify your child’s school. The school district where the hospital is located will provide instruction while your child is in the hospital.
At other times, students may have health related reasons that require they do not attend school for a period of time. With a doctor’s order describing the condition, the length of time the student needs to be on bed rest and any other significant information of your child’s non-contagious medical disorder, a Home Instructor may be assigned to provide up to one hour of daily instruction in the home. Contact your school principal if your child’s health condition requires that he not be in attendance at school.


To request an assessment for your preschooler age 3-5 (not kindergarten eligible for the current school year), please write a short letter explaining your concerns and include the following information:
  • Your child’s name as it appears on the birth certificate
  • Your child’s birth date
  • Your name, home address, and contact information (phone, email)
  • A brief description of your concerns (For example, “He doesn’t talk,” or “She only knows a few words,” or “He talks a lot but we don’t understand him”, etc.
  • Any languages spoken in your home other than English
  • Any information your child’s doctor or preschool teacher has provided regarding their concerns

The district will send you an Assessment Plan and packet within 15 days of receiving the letter.  If you have any further questions, please contact the District Special Education Department at (408) 377-8010 ext 44207 or ext 44208.

If your child is kindergarten-eligible for the current school year based on birthdate, but not enrolled in a kindergarten program, contact the principal of your neighborhood school of residence with the above information to request a speech and language assessment.